Do you have employees suffering from the Monday blues? According to a study completed by consultant firm Mercer, 35% of all “sick” absences are taken on a Monday. Surprisingly Friday only accounted for 3% of sickness. Some might think that because it was so close to the weekend people might opt for a Friday as their “sick day” and take advantage of a three day weekend.
Other notable results from the survey concluded:
So why is Monday sickness so frequent? Often frequent Monday sickness and short term absences can be a symptom of low employee engagement and morale. If an employee is struggling at work, whether it is conflict in the workplace or even general boredom and dissatisfaction with their job, the stress and emotional side effects can lead to long term absence.
The full cost of unplanned employee absence is equal to 36% of payroll. This is a huge expense for most businesses. To understand and recognize the trends in your specific workplace, monitor your employee’s absences by tracking detailed information on the causes and duration of the absence. This is key before trying to introduce potential solutions. Deal with long term absence issues as soon as possible to reduce the risk of these potentially leading to a mental health claim, lost productivity or lowered morale in the rest of your workforce.
Having this information along with a clear policy, and taking active steps such as corrective counselling, or medical management, when used in conjunction with “soft strategies” to encourage engagement and company loyalty has the potential to effectively reduce the high costs of employee absenteeism.
Are you currently struggling with Monday absences or absenteeism in general?
You can email and reach out to Anna Aceto-Guerin at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss strategies for managing employee absence. A quick fix is not always the solution. Clear Path can help you track absences, define your attendance policy, create strategies to effectively enforce it, and implement active steps like corrective counselling and creating a pro-attendance environment while still remaining within legal obligations with the relevant legislation.
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